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A-Haunting We Will Go (1942)

Stan and Ollie get involved with con men, crooks, a genial magician, and two interchangeable coffins with disastrous but funny results.

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Stan (as Laurel)
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Dante ...
Dante the Magician (as Dante the Magician)
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Margo
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Tommy White
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Doc Lake
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Frank Lucas
Edward Gargan ...
Police Lt. Foster
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Attorney Malcolm Kilgore
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Darby Mason
James Bush ...
Joe Morgan
Lou Lubin ...
Dixie Beeler
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Parker
Richard Lane ...
Phillips
Willie Best ...
Waiter
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The boys are recruited by a gang of thugs to get a coffin containing one of their far from dead colleagues to Dayton to try and get at an inheritance. After the coffin gets switched with the one Dante the Magician uses in his act, his stage show gets more than usually popular. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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7 August 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dick und Doof als Geheimagenten beim FBI  »

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1.37 : 1
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Dante the Magician (Dante) was hired for the movie after one of the writers saw him performing on a street corner in Los Angeles. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Hardy: [to Stan] It's better to spend one night with a corpse than 60 days with the cops.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

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Victim of magic
6 July 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although Laurel&Hardy fill the roles out well that they had in A-Haunting We Will Go this seems to be more of a film that Abbott&Costello might have been suited better for. A lot more physical stuff and funny lines here than the character based comedy that Stan and Ollie did so well.

These two did something that has local law enforcement on their case. They agree to accompany the dead body of a recently departed soldier for burial in Dayton, Ohio. What it really comes down to is a scam to get some crook out of town. Of course members of the gang like Elisha Cook and Don Costello start falling out with each other.

In the meantime our two geniuses in the leads get the coffins mixed up with the prop coffin of magician Dante going to the phony asylum and the boys taking the real coffin to the theater where Dante is performing.

I have to say that Dante himself was patient and indulging and he and assistant John Shelton realize these guys are naturally funny. Even though they gum up the act Dante just smiles through it all.

If you think this bears some resemblance to the A&C classic Who Done It you would be right. The last 20 minutes of A-Haunting We Will Go takes place in the theater where the various plot elements and characters come together including one who is very dead.

In the end Stan becomes a victim of magic. You'll have to see A-Haunting We Will Go to get the explanation for that.


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